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A FISH CALLED AVALON— Seafood. A Fish Called Avalon, lo­cated in the heart of Ocean Drive’s Art Deco dis­trict, is a top epi­curean des­ti­na­tion. In­spired cre­ations con­sist of seafood caught merely hours ear­lier, along with a fine col­lec­tion of steaks and fla­vor­ful poul­try. En­joy the ocean’s breeze and the sounds of the trop­ics while din­ing out­doors. Dis­cover why Za­gat, AAA and many local publi­ca­tions rate this restau­rant gra­ciously. www.afish­calle­ 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.532.1727. BLT STEAK— Steak­house. At the Betsy South Beach Ho­tel, Chef Lau­rent Touron­del presents his Miami ver­sion of the Amer­i­can steak­house, with local chef Sam Goren­stein at the helm. Or­ga­nized by cat­e­gory and com­ple­mented by sa­vory sauces, the BLT menu of­fers Cer­ti­fied Black An­gus or USDA Prime steaks, plus Amer­i­can and Ja­panese Kobe beef, lamb, chicken, fish and an ex­ten­sive raw bar. Gen­er­ous side dishes grace the ta­ble in cast-iron co­quettes. L and D (daily), brunch Sa-Su. www. the betsy ho­tel. com. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 305.531.6100. BYBLOS MIAMI— Mediter­ranean. Re­cently opened at The Royal Palm Ho­tel, Byblos pro­vides the best in Eastern Mediter­ranean fare. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Cameron trav­eled through­out the re­gion to cre­ate an au­then­tic menu of fam­ily-style din­ing, in­fus­ing local fa­vorites with over­seas flair, such as the use of Ar­gan and olive oils. www. by­blos­mi­ 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.508.5041. CASA TUA— Ital­ian. Chic Ital­ian restau­rant set in a re­fur­bished 1925 Mediter­ranean-style house. Com­plete with sev­eral din­ing ar­eas in­clud­ing a stun­ning out­door gar­den and a Com­mu­nal eat-in kitchen. The lounge up­stairs is mem­bers only. www. casat­u­al­ 1700 James Ave., 305.673.1010. THE FORGE— Steak­house. With a rich his­tory that dates back to the 1930s, The Forge has been the go-to spot for po­lit­i­cal leaders, celebri­ties and so­cialites. Frank Si­na­tra, Jackie Glea­son, for­mer pres­i­dent Richard Nixon, Michael Jackson and Al Pa­cino have been no­table reg­u­lars here. The farm-to-ta­ble in­spired menu fea­tures a cu­rated as­sort­ment of seafood in­clud­ing Maine lob­ster, Cana­dian salmon, Chilean sea bass and whole branzino as well as prime and aged steaks, sal­ads and raw bar items. Choose from over 80 wines by the glass from the famed Wine Cel­lar with more than 300,000 vin­tages, or try one of the sig­na­ture cock­tails. www.the­ 432 41st St., Miami Beach, 305.538.8533. GIANNI’S AT THE VILLA— Medit­er­an­nean. Gianni’s at The Villa, Casa Ca­sua­r­ina—for­merly the home of famed de­signer Gianni Ver­sace— is the place to cel­e­brate in lux­ury and style. The restau­rant fea­tures Mediter­ranean mouth­wa­ter­ing meals ex­pertly prepared by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Thomas Ste­wart over­look­ing the glit­ter­ing gold tiles along the Mil­lion Mo­saic pool and gar­den. www. vm miami beach. com. 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 786.485.2200. HAKKASAN— Asian. Alan Yau, the owner of Bri­tain’s only Miche­lin-rated Chi­nese restau­rant, Hakkasan, de­buts his first restau­rant in the U.S. at the Fon­tainebleau Miami Beach. It of­fers din­ers a di­verse menu of New World wines and sake to com­ple­ment Yau’s in­ven­tive Chi­nese fare. Lo­cated on the fourth-floor rooftop, it af­fords guests a stun­ning view of the beach and the At­lantic Ocean. www. fontaine bleau.

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